Concern the Bills Won’t Be Able to Fly Out For Sunday’s Game
The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to play the Cleveland Browns this Sunday at 1 pm.
However, it won't be played in Orchard Park. Instead, the game will be played in Detroit at Ford Field, which is home to the Detroit Lions.
The reason is the massive lake effect snowstorm that is striking Western New York, which is severely impacting South Buffalo, Lackawanna, Hamburg, West Seneca and Orchard Park.
3-4 feet of snow has fallen already in some of those towns.
There's currently a travel ban for those areas of Buffalo and road closures of exits 53 to 59 of the I-90, the I-219 and the I-400 have crippled the region.
The Bills plan to fly out of the Buffalo airport on Saturday afternoon, but there's real concern the Bills won't be able to make it out of Western New York.
That's due to the travel ban in place and this lake effect snow band is supposed to head north Friday night and Saturday morning, which would likely impact the airport and areas north of Buffalo.
Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports that a league source is worried about whether or not the Bills will be able to fly out of Buffalo.
"I don't know what's the contingency if everyone can't make it to the airport or we can't fly out."
Matt Bove of WKBW posted a video of Bills head coach Sean McDermott being asked about being worried if they can make it out on time and whether or not flying out on Sunday morning and having the game pushed back to later in the day is an option?
McDermott admits it's something he doesn't want to think about and doesn't even know if NFL rules would allow that scenario.
What makes this even worse is the Bills play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving on Thursday, so pushing this game against the Browns back to Monday or Tuesday is out of the question.
We have to wait and see how this plays out.